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2nd August, 1965 was the day when the first stone of the beautiful city of Gandhinagar was laid.

And the journey of the greenest capital which recently called as the Tree Captial of India had begun. With the passage of time specifically in past one decade, this planned city has become the most beautiful and exotic city of the state.

With the word Gandhinagar the first picture that comes into the mind is the green meadows, clean roads and the peace in the city. With 416 trees per 100 people the city gives the most purest and fresh air to breathe.

Gandhinagar has its development history in four phases out which the last phase which began from 2002 has the most innovative, and inclusive development plans. The state government aimed at a new, triple focus for the city:

a.)    It should be green

b.)    It should utilize solar energy

c.)    It should be cosmopolitan

Industrial, Educational, Religious, Tourist, Transportation each and every sector has progressed. The Infocity in Gandhinagar, an IT park project is strategically developed on a 24/7 work culture, on a principal location spread across 150 acres in the Greenest Capital City in the World. While the mega project of GIFT city (Gujarat International Finance-Tech City) has embarked to be devised as a global financial and IT services hub.

On the educational grounds PDPU, NID, NIFT, DA-IICT, GNLU (Gujarat National Law University), and BISAG (Bhaskaracharya Institute For Space Applications and Geo-Informatics)  located in Gandhinagar, are few of the domain specific and rarest institutes found in the nation. Moreover, since 2008 nationally renowned engineering institute IIT has its campus in Gandhinagar which recently provided its first, fresh batch of graduates.

Akshardham Temple

Coming on to the tourist destinations Swaminarayan temple - Akshardham,  Nature park - Indroda, are some of the tourist attractions in the city.

Mahatma Mandir – the dream project of Shri Narendra Modi. It is a convention cum exhibition centre with a capacity to accommodate 5000 people. An initiative by Government of Gujarat dedicated to the father of the nation has laid its foundation and it will develop to be one of the biggest attractions of the state.

Gandhinagar is connected by all means of transportation, while to add icing on the cake  Gujarat government has decided to start a Metrolink Express from Gandhinagar to Ahmedabad.

While a new Gandhinagar city is being planned with efforts of government the gap between Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad is about to close and in the coming years we will be celebrating the birthday of the New Gandhinagar city.

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PM to dedicate the newly constructed campus of National Institute of Biotic Stress Management Raipur to the Nation
PM to also distribute the Green Campus Award to the Agricultural Universities

In an endeavour to create mass awareness for adoption of climate resilient technologies, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will dedicate 35 crop varieties with special traits to the Nation on 28th September at 11 AM via video conferencing, in a pan India programme organised at all ICAR Institutes, State and Central Agricultural Universities and Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVKs). During the programme, the Prime Minister will also dedicate to the nation the newly constructed campus of National Institute of Biotic Stress Management Raipur.

On the occasion, the Prime Minister will distribute Green Campus Award to Agricultural Universities, as well as interact with farmers who use innovative methods and address the gathering.

Union Minister of Agriculture and Chief Minister Chhattisgarh will be present on the occasion.

About crop varieties with special traits

The crop varieties with special traits have been developed by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) to address the twin challenges of climate change and malnutrition. Thirty-five such crop varieties with special traits like climate resilience and higher nutrient content have been developed in the year 2021. These include a drought tolerant variety of chickpea, wilt and sterility mosaic resistant pigeonpea, early maturing variety of soybean, disease resistant varieties of rice and biofortified varieties of wheat, pearl millet, maize and chickpea, quinoa, buckwheat, winged bean and faba bean.

These special traits crop varieties also include those that address the anti-nutritional factors found in some crops that adversely affect human and animal health. Examples of such varieties include Pusa Double Zero Mustard 33, first Canola quality hybrid RCH 1 with <2% erucic acid and <30 ppm glucosinolates and a soybean variety free from two anti-nutritional factors namely Kunitz trypsin inhibitor and lipoxygenase. Other varieties with special traits have been developed in soybean, sorghum, and baby corn, among others.

About National Institute of Biotic Stress Management

The National Institute of Biotic Stress Management at Raipur has been established to take up the basic and strategic research in biotic stresses, develop human resources and provide policy support. The institute has started PG courses from the academic session 2020-21.

About Green Campus Awards

The Green Campus Awards has been initiated to motivate the State and Central Agricultural Universities to develop or adopt such practices that will render their campuses more green and clean, and motivate students to get involved in ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’, ‘Waste to Wealth Mission’ and community connect as per the National Education Policy-2020.